If you’re looking for a cool, low-key hangout, try the best cocktail bars Chicago. The top picks include Cindy’s Cocktail Lounge in the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, perched high above Michigan Ave. The sweeping views of Lake Michigan make for the perfect nightcap. While you’re here, order the Dealer’s Choice, a mix of Mexican rum, mezcal, passion fruit, and lime. Then, take the glass home to make your drink.
For a classy cocktail, try the Love’s Labour’s Lost, which comes on draft at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. It’s made with Tromba Tequila, red wine, apricot, sage, honey, and bitters. Other cocktails at this bar include the Foolish Wit, a cocktail made from Prairie Gin, yuzu, and lemon. The Cabana Club offers a poolside view, where you can take a dip.
For a cocktail experience that’s both sophisticated and casual, head to The Violet Hour. The award-winning bar program has been praised by critics and Chicagoans alike.